2013 FRONTERA Border Tour

Nogales-June 25-27

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After spending three days at the US Mexico border, hosted by SEAHEC, a group of 14 college students reflected on their immersion learning experience hosted by the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center. The students were from FRONTERA (Focusing Research on the Border Area,) a 10 week research internship offered to undergraduate, graduate and medical students at the University of Arizona. The Frontera Program is an ongoing services learning offering sponsored by the U of a College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA), which is led by Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, professor of Medicine and Pathology.

Through the program, students learn about public health issues along the US/Mexico Border Region by allowing them to have a hands on research experience in the community. During the course, each group makes the trip south from Tucson, to SEAHEC, and the border community known by locals as “Ambos (both)Nogales,” which refers to the fact that there is a Nogales on each sides of the border.

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Border Service Learning with F.A.C.E.S & L.U.C.H.A. Students

Border Service Learning Group

On april 20th SEAHEC took 14 University of Arizona Students to Nogales Sonora, on a Border Service Learning trip. The students were from two U of A student organizations focused on health careers. Nine of the students were members of Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity (F.A.C.E.S.) which was organized to address cultural competency issues in the health care system.

The other five students were members of Learning, Understanding and Cultivating Health Advocacy (LUCHA), a graduate student organization at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The club was designed to connect students to community service opportunities to promote awareness for border health and human rights issues in the US-Mexico Border Region.

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